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  • RSO card 1976 #2
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1976 and 1977, the RSO cards recorded the purpose of the group as "Gay Liberation."
  • Gay Awareness Week calendar of events
    Image | 1986 | LGBT at UIUCGay Awareness Week was created by the group when it was under the Gay Illini name. These events eventually became LGBT Awareness Days in later years under other group and office names.
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? event flyer
    Image | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCA flyer announcing a movie night event sponsored by the Gay Illini. "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" has long been deemed a classic in the "gay film repetoire," along with "All About Eve," "Valley of the Dolls," "Mommie Dearest," and others.
  • Gay Awareness Week calendar of events
    Image | 1983 | LGBT at UIUCGay Awareness Week was created by the group when it was under the Gay Illini name. These events eventually became LGBT Awareness Days in later years under other group and office names.
  • A Night of New Wave
    Image | 1983 | LGBT at UIUCFundraiser flyer for the Gay Illini. The Gay Illini regularly held benefits and fundraisers to help pay for the robust programming of the organization.
  • Gay Illini Constitution
    Multi-Page Item | 4 pages | 1975 | LGBT at UIUCThe Gay Illini was the first of many registered Student organizationss that went on to various names and iterations throughout University of Illinois history. Records indicate that the group by this name, also known as the The Gay People's Alliance, was in effect from 1973 to 1989.
  • Potluck Dinner
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCFlyer announcing a strictly lesbian event. Presumably the Gay Illini group felt that the term "gay" was encompassing of lesbian women, although the presence of the address for a separate group is shown on the bottom of the flyer. The group went through a myriad of name changes reflective of changes in LGBT culture throughout the years.
  • Gay Illini fact sheet updated
    Image | 1983 | LGBT at UIUCDocument describing the various programs started and maintained by the Gay Illini. Updated from 1976.
  • RSO card 1976 card #1
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1976 and 1977, the RSO cards recorded the purpose of the group as "Gay Liberation."
  • RSO card 1979
    Image | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1979, the purpose statement of the group changed to "an organization devoted to legitimacy, respectability, and freedom in same-sex relationships."
  • Gay Switchboard general flyer
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCFlyer for the Gay Switchboard
  • Partial Gay Switchboard governance and policies document
    Multi-Page Item | 4 pages | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCOn January 12th, 1976, the Gay Switchboard opened. The Switchboard remains one of the crowning achievements of the Gay Illini. An important aspect of this documentation is that it points to an understanding of and an openness to both transvestites and transexuals in the "LG" (or "GL") community was an important purpose of the Switchboard and it's policies.
  • Gay V.D. Discussion flyer
    Image | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCA flyer announcing an open discussion on "Gay V.D.s". Although the full blown AIDS epidemic in America wouldn't happen for a few years, the community was already concerned about other illnesses or conditions that may be specific to gay or lesbian sex.
  • Gay Illini's 3rd Annual Halloween Bar Benefit flyer
    Image | 1979 | LGBT at UIUCGiovanni's was a haven for LGBT culture in the late seventies.
  • Past, Present, and Future flyer
    Image | 1983 | LGBT at UIUCthe United States government. Her early experiences with trying to learn more about lesbianism fueled her lifetime work with libraries. In the 1970s, Gittings was most involved in the American Library Association, especially its gay caucus, the first such in a professional organization, in order to promote positive literature about homosexuality in libraries. She was a part ...
  • Political goals of the Gay Illini
    Image | 1975 | LGBT at UIUCA page from Gay Illini internal documentation stating their political agenda. Either the group iteself or individual members were apparently also part of the National Coalition of Gay Activists. This documentation sought to align the goals of the group with a more global agenda, primarily that of the 1972 Gay Rights Platform.
  • RSO card 1977
    Image | 1977 | LGBT at UIUCOfficial RSO card for the Gay Illini aka Gay People's Alliance. In 1976 and 1977, the RSO cards recorded the purpose of the group as "Gay Liberation."
  • Gay Illini fact sheet
    Image | 1976 | LGBT at UIUCDocument describing the various programs started and maintained by the Gay Illini.